It was announced yesterday that Warner Bros. is looking to expand the DC Universe into making some standalone movies that do not fit into the cinematic universe they are creating. While it would see far-fetched that they would do all their movies in a similar cinematic universe that Marvel has created, it could lead to some bold directions and potential disasters. However, given a recent interview with Matt Reeves, this may have been on their mind for a while now.
In a recent interview with KCRW, Matt Reeves explained that he has his own vision for The Batman. Since he took over the project, he ditched the script that was created by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns. “I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things,” Reeves said. “When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was, ‘Look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”
Now, the interview took place on July 17th (or was released at that time), in which Reeves was promoting War for the Planet of the Apes. This could be a good thing creatively for directors and writers that choose to jump onboard the DC train. Marvel sort of painted themselves into a corner with everything being tied into one another. With DC’s approach, this could allow many of the same actors to do fresh or retelling some amazing comic stories within the universe.
However, making this a standalone, frees up Reeves and crew from being tied down to what the universe has created thus far. However, given the criticism is has received from the start, it would seem that Warner Bros. is viewing it as a way to distinguish itself from Marvel. While it may be a great concept, it could lead into much more of the same that we have seen with nearly all the pre-Nolan Batman movies.